I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe
The Prince Catchers #1
I forget why I decided to give Ashe a try – I probably saw an interview somewhere or someone summarised the plot of one of her books. This particular title, however, I got because this series is what the library has. I’m always a little apprehensive when I pick up a new author, and the first couple of chapters had me suspicious. But boy oh boy, did I get into it towards the end! Well worth it, let me tell you.
Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1
This first book in Rodale’s new series introduces the Cavendish family: the three girls and the son, who has just inherited an English dukedom. Their arrival in London creates speculation and stir because, like the heroine of Eloisa James’s latest novel, this family, and therefore the heroine of this novel, are American.
You can also tell by the title that there is definitely a Bridget Jones connection here. While I’m not hugely into very light romance, Rodale hits exactly the right tone and right balance of fun and serious for me!
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Rule of Scoundrels #3
There’s just something that doesn’t sit right with me in MacLean’s novels. This is my second one (previous being from her Love By Numbers series, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win A Duke’s Heart), and although very different from Eleven Scandals, it still didn’t quite get to me. Let us examine the reasons, as far as I can analyse them.
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
I have been recommended Devil in Winter left, right and centre by my romance-reading friends. As I’m not the biggest fan of Kleypas, I hemmed and hawed but got it from the library, and then I got to the second renewal before actually reading it.
Guys. Guys, this one is amazing.
Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
Maiden Lane #8
My first foray into the Maiden Lane series was pretty unsuccessful. Although I like the premise and the novel has its strengths, the characters and the general handling of the plot were disappointing, alongside with some other minor complaints.
Let me explain further.
This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James
Desperate Duchesses #5
This novel marks the end of my journey with the Desperate Duchesses series, at least for now, and I’m sorry to say it was pretty much what I’d expected – a disappointment.
Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
Once again I’m reading a series out of order: I started the Hathaway series from the last book, but at least this time I’d read the first before the second! In the first book I found I liked the idea of Merripen, this big, sort of savage man being fiercely in love with Win, the frail and beautiful woman out of his league. Turns out I’m not such a big fan after all.